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2-16 thus unites that material and at the same time separates it as a distinct unit from what follows. While various historical backgrounds have been proposed for the material in Mic. 2-16, it is sufficient to note here that almost all scholars assign the bulk of this chapter to the prophet Micah and the eighth century BCE. Two notable exceptions must be mentioned, however. On the one hand, Alfred Jepsen assigns vv. 3 Jepsen's conclusion is based on the similarity of the theme of these verses to themes in Hosea and the 1.

14b', IE] 16 (1966), pp. 211-15. Demsky's proposal is accepted by Aharoni, 'Trial Excavations', p. 169. 3. Hillers, Micah, p. 105. 4. For examples of this meaning of 'house', see BOB, pp. 109-10. 5. See Mays, Micah, p. 59. 44 The Speeches ofMicah: A Rhetorical-Historical Analysis term 'Israel' refers to the people of Yahweh in general rather than just to the northern kingdom. The clear implication of v. 15 is that both of these towns are lost to Jerusalem and must be retaken. Mic. 10-16 thus presupposes a situation in which Jerusalem has suffered the loss of support from a number of towns.

Second, this disaster has spread to Judah and has come up to Jerusalem itself. Although the nature of the illnesses is not immediately revealed, it is safe to conclude that the disaster which initially threatened Samaria now infects Judah and threatens Jerusalem. 1. Renaud, Formation, p. 42. 2. V. Fritz, 'Das Wort gegen Samaria: Mi 1, 2-7', ZAW 86 (1974), pp. 31631. A similar conclusion was reached by Lescow, 'Micha 1-5', pp. 82-83. 40 The Speeches ofMicah: A Rhetorical-Historical Analysis It is possible that vv.

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